If your dog seems to love your boyfriend more than you, this post will show you likely reasons why and what to do about it.

So, why does my dog love my boyfriend more? Likely reasons why your dog loves your boyfriend more are that your dog is not used to his attention, he gives your dog extra attention, he gives your dog treats or that your dog is bored.

There are actually a number of possible reasons why your dog has been doing it and it could be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.

Why does my dog prefer my boyfriend?

Below are likely reasons why your dog prefers your boyfriend and what would make the more likely.

Your dog likes the new attention

A likely cause is that your dog is used to getting attention from you and your dog likes getting the new attention from your boyfriend. This would be especially likely if your dog stops giving him as much attention after he has been around for more than a few hours.

Boredom

The cause could also be that your dog is bored and looking for something to stimulate itself. This would be more likely if your dog does not give your boyfriend as much attention after it has already gotten exercise.

He gives your dog lots of attention

Another cause could be that your boyfriend gives your dog lots of attention. If your boyfriend gives your dog lots of attention, your dog will likely give him more attention because it likes getting attention from him.

He gives your dog treats

If your boyfriend has been giving your dog treats, it is very likely that your dog gives him attention because your dog wants the treats he has.

What to do about my dog liking my boyfriend more?

Below are some things you can do about it.

Let your dog do it

If your dog does not seem to be trying to avoid you, it would be likely that your dog gives him attention because your dog is not used to getting attention from him. In this case, the best option would be to just allow your dog to continue doing it.

Give your dog more attention yourself

It could also help to give your dog more attention yourself by playing with it, training it and petting it.

Reward your dog for giving you attention

It could be the case that you have been encouraging your dog not to give you attention by pushing it away when it gives you attention and rewarding it when it does not give you attention. Instead, it would help to reward your dog when it gives you attention and to avoid rewarding it so much when it does not.

Ensure your dog gets enough exercise

It would also help to ensure that your dog has been getting enough exercise for its age and breed.

Why does my dog love my girlfriend more than me?

Likely reasons why your dog loves your girlfriend more than you are that your dog has learned that it gets rewards from her, your dog is not used to getting attention from her, you have been punishing your dog when it gives you attention or that your girlfriend has been giving your dog treats.

Why does my dog love my husband more than me?

Below are likely reasons why your dog loves your husband more.

He is the one that feeds or exercises your dog

It could be the case that your dog does it because husband is the one that gives your dog food and exercise. In this case, it is likely that your dog gives him the most attention because your dog is hoping to get food and exercise from him.

He gives your dog more attention

The cause could also be that he gives your dog more attention, he rewards your dog when it gives him attention and that you have been discouraging the dog from giving you attention.

He has trained your dog

Another possible cause is that your husband has been giving your dog training and your dog looks to him for direction as a result.

He has been giving your dog treats

If your husband often gives your dog treats, it would be likely that your dog gives him more attention because it is hoping to get treats from him.

Why does my dog love my wife more than me?

Likely reasons why your dog loves your wife more are that she feeds it and gives it exercise, she gives it treats, she gives your dog more attention or that you have inadvertently encouraged your dog not to give you attention.

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